Jazz Drummer & Richmond Native Harold Jones To Hold Book Signing

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Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau to host Harold Jones Book Signing. Richmond, Indiana

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Richmond native Harold Jones, Jazz Drummer, will be in Richmond for book signing on August 30, 2013.

Harold Jones, a Richmond, Indiana Native and current drummer for Tony Bennett’s Band, will be signing copies of his new book titled, “Harold Jones – The Singer’s Drummer”. 

The public is invited to meet Jones Friday, August 30, 2013 at The Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. His book will be available for purchase at this time. Paperback is $16 and Hardback is $23,  Harold Jones was born February 27, 1940 in Richmond, Indiana and lived here until 1958.  Jones attended Richmond High School where he was an active member in orchestra, dance band, pep band, marching band and concert band.

While working with saxophonist Paul Winter, they became the first jazz band to play at the White House. The greatest years of his life Jones says, were when he was called in 1967 to fill in for Count Basie’s drummer, lasting for five years. In 1972, Jones won the Down Beat Magazine International Jazz Critics’ Poll for the best new artist.

In 1980 he joined Sarah Vaughan for ten years and toured the world, traveling to Hong Kong, Australia, England and Brazil. Along with Sarah, he played at the White House five times for Nancy Reagan. In addition to playing for Tony Bennett, Jones currently instructs drumming workshops at colleges and universities throughout the country and plays with his 17 piece band, The Bossman at corporate parties and community events.  Other noteworthy artists Jones has performed or recorded with include; Diana Krall, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., B.B. King, Quincy Jones, Natalie Cole and many others. 

The Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau is located at 5701 National Road East, Richmond, Indiana. For more information call 800-828-8414, 765-935-8687 or VisitRichmond.org

Dave Hepler Holiday Jazz Concert Presented By Morrison Reeves Library

What’s Happening This Weekend In May In Wayne County


Indy 500 Race 1913

Indy 500 Celebrations In Hagerstown IN

Schedule: Saturday,  May 14 :

  • 10 am. Victory Lap mini marathon at Cory Field track
  • 11-4 pm. Indianapolis 500 and Perfect Circle memorabilia exhibit at the Community Building.
  • 2-3 pm. 5th grade students present Wax Museum characters at the Exhibit.
  • 7 pm. The final Movies of the ‘60s and Memories of race fans.

Ground Breaking For First Habitat For Humanity Home In Hagerstown IN

Ground breaking will be at the home site at 3:30 p.m., (349 N. Elm Street) and the 14th annual Habitat for Humanity of Greater Richmond meeting will be a Willie & Reds and 5:00. 25.00 goes towards meal with proceed benefiting the construction.  Volunteers needed for T, TH & Sat’s until July to construct house. Meet on those dates fr 8-4.  Contact Bob Warner for more info.

Earlham College To Be Honored At “The Swing Music of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw” Benefit Tonight

By Dave Bennett and his Quartet. The event will be at Lingle Auditorium Reid Hospital 1100 Reid Parkway Richmond, IN.  May 14, 2011 6:30 PM, Clarinetist Dave Bennett and his Quartet will bring to life the classic sound of “The Swing Music of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw.” The concert is part of the Foundation’s ongoing Gennett Legacy Concert Series that recreates the music and history of Richmond’s Gennett Records. There will be a pre-concert chat with Bennett at 6:30 pm, followed by the performance at 7 pm. For more information call Terri Hardy 765-962-2860 thardy@starrgennett.org Price: $15 per person / $10 with student ID.   Earlham will honored for their continued support.

Saturday Night Comedy Back In Richmond!

May 14th get out and laugh! SATURDAY COMEDY IS BACK – new group at the  Quality Inn~ Saturdays At The Laugh Lounge”! CALL 765-588-4604 for tickets Just $10.00 Show time is 8:00 pm ~ Go and lol 😀


Model T's At Last Fall Tales Of The Departed

Model A’S & T’s coming through Wayne County this Weekend!

Ohio Valley Region Model-A Club Is Visiting Wayne County.  So if you want to catch a glimpse of Model A’s and T’s look below:

Sunday, 5/15 the Ohio Valley Region Model-A Club (cars from 1929-1931) and the T. Club (cars 1908 thru 1927) plan to arrive at the MCL Restaurant & Bakery for lunch @ approximately  11:30. then visiting the Model T Museum and Warm Glow Candles with a stop at Webb’s Antiques on the way home. There are 30 cars signed up for this tour, cars are open and some folks are driving 50 or more miles before joining the tour’s starting point @ Ron’s Machine Shop, Shandon, OH. Hoping for a sunny day in Wayne Co.

Richmond Indiana Facts – 10 Things You Might Not Know

Let’s start with the easier Richmond facts and work our way up:

Source:  Wikipedia

  1. We are sometimes referred to the “cradle of recorded jazz” because early recorded jazz began here at Gennett Records, a division of Starr Piano Factory in the gorge.
  2. Richmond is the county seat of Wayne County in Wayne Township.
  3. As of the census in 2000, there were 39,124 people, 16,287 households, and 9,918 families residing here.
  4. Richmond’s houses two of Indiana’s three Egyptian mummies.
  5. Believed to have been the smallest community in the United States to have supported a professional opera company and symphony orchestra.
  6. Richmond, in the 1920’s, was an Indiana stronghold for the KKK.  Forty percent of Richmond’s Kiwanis club members, thirty percent of its doctors, and 27 percent of its lawyers were Klan members, but none of the city’s bank executives or most powerful business leaders were members.  Note: Not sure about the business leaders part – how good were KKK record keepers anyway?
  7. On April 6, 1968, a natural gas explosion and fire destroyed or damaged several downtown blocks and killed 41 people; more than 150 were injured.
  8. Has four colleges: Earlham College, Indiana University East, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana and the Purdue University School of Technology.
  9. Is home to two seminaries: Earlham School of Religion (Quaker) and Bethany Theological Seminary (Church of the Brethren).
  10. Has two sister cities:

GoWayneCounty.com Facts About Richmond

  1. We have a lot more going on in and around town than we give ourselves credit for! (See the GWC Calendar for proof!)
  2. We still have a talented pool of local musicians living here.  The local music scene didn’t fade away with the Gennett recording studio!
  3. If you get bored and think there’s nothing going on, that nothing ever happens here, you aren’t trying very hard!
  4. The best way to find really cool things to do and see, as well as shopping that’s unique to the area such as Antique Alley, is to hang out at GoWayneCounty.com!

What do YOU know about Richmond?  Share YOUR Richmond facts in the comments below!

Hoagy Carmichael – Songwriter Extraordinaire & Composer of “Star Dust”

By Duane Shinn

Hoagland Howard Carmichael, better known as Hoagy Carmichael, was born in Bloomington, Indiana on November 22, 1899. He was the musical genius behind two of the most recorded songs of all time, “Stardust” and “Heart and Soul.”

The musical talent of Hoagy Carmichael began in southern Indiana. His mother named him Hoagland after a circus troupe called “The Hoaglands” that stayed with Carmichael’s parents while his mother was pregnant.

Hoagy’s mother was a very talented pianist, and she played in many silent movies. She taught Carmichael how to sing and play piano. By age six Hoagy was giving recitals. He spent the vast majority of his young years through high school studying the piano.

Hoagy moved to Indianapolis when he was 18 and attempted to earn enough money working several labor jobs to send money home to help support his family. During this time, he also learned jazz improvisation.

Sadly, his little sister died at age three in 1918 because the family could not afford to get her adequate medical care. This event had a devastating effect on Hoagy, and he vowed to find success in his career to help his relatives. He completed his undergraduate and law degree at Indiana University, and he also enjoyed continued success in music.

By 1927, “Stardust” and “Washboard Blues” as performed by Paul Whiteman were becoming huge hits across the country. Because Hoagy spent most of his time at the Indiana law firm where he worked thinking about his music, he was eventually fired. He then went to Hollywood and later New York City to advance his musical career.

In the 1930s, Carmichael worked with legends like Louis Armstrong. He even wrote “Georgia on My Mind,” which would later become one of Ray Charles’ biggest hits. In 1931, Bing Crosby recorded a version of “Stardust,” further launching the fame of the song and its writer. He soon frequented the same circles as George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Fred Astaire in New York City.

In 1935 Hoagy Carmichael married Ruth Meinardi, and they later had two sons named Hoagy Bix and Randy Bob. The family moved to California after Hoagy accepted a $1000 a week contract to work for Paramount Films. Some of his best work was composed for major films over the next two decades.

Carmichael’s film success was huge. He appeared as an actor in 14 major films, and he always played at least one of his songs in each movie. He even won an Academy Award for Best Song for “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening.” During this time, he was still writing songs for outside the movie world as well. Many of his songs were political in nature, speaking out against FDR as a staunch Republican. He also hosted three musical variety shows on the radio during this time.

Hoagy Carmichael was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in 1971. He died of heart failure in California in 1981, but his musical legacy lives on today. In fact, numerous modern musicians cite him as a big influence. For instance, John Lennon once said Carmichael was his favorite songwriter.

Hoagy Carmichael wrote two autobiographies, released together as one book in 1999. In 2008, a mural featuring his picture was dedicated to him in Richmond, Indiana.

Duane Shinn is the author of a free newsletter on piano chords & chord progressions available at Music Composers

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